Matchday 11 of the Ghana Premier League had some exciting fixtures.
Aduana Stars played host to Kumasi based Asante Kotoko. Due to certain misunderstandings, the match started 15 minutes later after the stipulated time of 15:00 GMT.
One thing that attracted the attention of most spectators at the Agyemang Badu Stadium in Dormaa was both teams deciding to use 10 players instead of 11.
After investigations by our team, it was revealed that both teams did that because of spiritual reasons (ways and means). Due to the tensions that arise from a fixture involving both teams, this is not so surprising.
The two teams were acting on spiritual orders from certain unknown figures who ‘pray’ for the club.
The two teams, however, brought their ‘missing players’ to play at the start of the second. Martin Antwi came in for Kotoko and Faruq Adams came in for Aduana Stars.
Starting a match with fewer than 11 players
According to our search from FIFA, a team can start a match with fewer than 11 players. This means that the decision by the two teams start the match with 10 players a piece is not something that goes contrary to the rules of the world’s football governing body.
The rule further states that the players can return to the field provided they are part of the starting line up.
FIFA law 3
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